Suitors beware of Amar’e

Peter Vecsey

Peter Vecsey has been the Post’s NBA columnist since 1976. Inducted
into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, at Holcombe Rucker he
coached two championships in the early ’70s (Julius Erving, Charlie
Scott, Billy Paultz, Joe DePre, Ollie Taylor) and two more in the early
’80s (Louis Orr, Sam Worthen). A graduate of Archbishop Molloy High
School, Peter spent two years in the Army (1965-67) as a member of the
Airborne and Special Forces.

If it’s true the Cavaliers are interested in acquiring Amar’e
Stoudemire, e-mails Rasheed McCorvey, “they must have forgotten how
stifled he felt playing alongside Shaq.”

Genuine curiosity in fact exists, I’m informed. However, as a few days ago, nothing was close to happening. Just so we understand each other, the same was true leading up to the Cavs’ acquisition of Shaquille O’Neal.

From the Suns’ standpoint, it’s clear why they’re entertaining Eastern Conference offers for Stoudemire. It’s senseless, it says here, to keep him, regardless if he’s agreeable to extending long term at a relatively rational annual salary, say $10 million to 12 million.

Owner Robert Sarver can’t help but be thinking it’s time to start fresh, something his Suns can afford to do because they’ve got Steve Nash to sell to the fans while they begin rebuilding with Robin Lopez, Goran Dragic, Jared Dudley, Channing Frye, Earl Clark and Louis Amundson.

Clearly, Stoudemire cannot take the Suns any further than theye already have advanced or where they currently are decomposing — 13-17 since a 14-3 getaway from jump street. Extending him figures to waste a lot of years and won’t hold back enough tears.

Are Stoudemire’s averages — 20.6 points, 8.3 rebounds — All-Star start worthy? Barely! Explicit evidence Western Conference centerfolds are in steep fade or “overexposed.”

Plainly, the once freakishly sprightly Stoudemire is not operating at nearly the same efficiency as several seasons ago before micro-fracture knee and eye surgeries?

Given the high rise of the Thunder and Grizzlies, it’s doubtful he remains good enough to co-convey the Suns to playoff paydirt.

Prospective suitors for the display cased center beware!

Check out Stoudemire’s lack of rebounding in his last five games: a meek total of 21 (one vs. Dallas), a 4.2 average, 2.4 of those are offensive boards showing what end of the floor matters most. He has failed to register a double-figure rebounding game since Jan. 15 against the Hawks — a span of eight games.

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